Wherever Catholics gather this year to participate in the Synod on the Family consultation process, the issue of family planning and contraception will undoubtedly feature. This short history of how it became and remains a hotly contested issue within the Church may be of interest.
The article was written by Patricia Millar for ‘Religion Dispatches’ under the sightly misleading title of “The story behind the Catholic Church’s stunning reversal on Contraception’.
‘Religion Dispatches’, writes on issues at the intersection of religion, politics and culture and is housed at the University of Southern California. Patricia Miller is a Washington, DC–based journalist and senior correspondent for Religion Dispatches, where she writes about the politics of sexuality and the Catholic Church.
Years later, when the remembrance of so many other things had faded, the memory still remained crisp in her mind. She saw herself lying in the hospital bed, bleeding, writhing in agony. She remembered clawing at the curtain surrounding the bed, trying get help, certain she was going to die. Finally she managed to cry out, “God dammit, I can’t die. I have five children.” …………………………..
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